HOOKSETT, NH -- Following in line with the junior teams, all youth teams throughout the New Hampshire Avalanche organization have officially hit the holiday break.
The Avalanche 18U team ended the first half of the season going 2-2 in the NAPHL Showcase that took place in Blaine, Minnesota. After a jam packed first half that consisted of over 40 games the Avs are looking forward to getting healthy as they prepare for the playoff push in both the NAPHL and UT1HL.
The U16 Full Season team headed to Minnesota for the NAPHL Winter Showcase. As always, the NAPHL ran a tremendous event with scouts from many leagues and schools in attendance. The team had a solid 2-2 weekend with tough 4-2 losses vs the Des Moines Buccaneers & Chicago Reapers but big wins vs the Arizona Bobcats & Vegas Jr Golden Nights. Brayden King was solid in net while the team got goals from Jackson Burke, Dylan Garvin, Aldiyar Irik,Zach Famiglietti, Griffin Halecki & Johnny Yarbrough. A big congrats to U16 Defenseman Jeremy Poirier for representing the Avs in the All Star game.
The U14 Elite hosted AVP Saturday night in E9 action. The boys again had a slow start but strong finish picking up the 8-0 victory. James Brew picked up the shutout. The Avs had 8 different goal scorers in this one: Parker O'Toole, Tedy Hannon, Aidan Gile, Jordan Delude, Justin Howell, Ronan Connors, Jackson Chadwick & Dom White. Casey Fuller had 3 assists in the game as well.
The Avs sit in first for the winter E9 season at 4-0.
Sunday afternoon the U14's hosted SPA in a GSL tilt for first place in Tier I. The Avs came out flying and aggressive to start the game and kept a bulk of the action in the offensive zone through the first period. They finally broke through in the second with a top corner snipe by Jackson Chadwick. That was quickly followed up with a tic tac toe beauty by Jordan Delude, assists from Ronan Connors & Blake Beaulieu.
The Avs battled hard after intense pressure in the third from SPA who was able to finally solve Wyatt Demers and knot the game up at 2, for a final 2-2 tie.
The 09 Premier Avs went 1-1 this weekend in the BHL.
The Avs started their weekend with a game vs. the 09 Valley Jr. Warriors at Lawrence Valley Forum with a score of 2-0 at the end of the first. Despite starting off strong, the Avs found themselves at the mercy of the penalties and ended the game with a 3-2 loss with a total 11 penalties-Avs to the Warriors' 6 penalties.
At Sunday's game vs. the 95 Giants at St. As, the Avs dominated with a win of 7-2, which continues to help them rise in the BHL standings.
The 2009E team was home this past weekend, hosting the Springfield Rifles on Saturday and Boston Americans on Sunday.
Cooper Chapman’s corner pass to Cam Fortier in front of the net, led to a quick goal for Avs, who took a fast lead in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Rifles. Nolan Walsh also netted two goals - one assisted by defenseman, Michael Eccleston, shot straight passed the goalie’s glove; The second goal was assisted by Jacob Valliere and Austin Proulx. The game ended in a 4-0 shut-out, thanks to Avs goalie, Cole Ouellette, and with Fortier adding one more unassisted goal with forty-two seconds left of the game.
The pressure was on the Avalanche on Sunday morning, with the Americans scoring six goals in the first and second periods. Cam Fortier’s third period goal, assisted by Evan Jackson, denied the Americans a shut-out game. Avs lost 6-1, ending their seven game winning streak.
The 09 Avs had been holding on to second place in their E9 age division since the beginning of the season; This week they have slipped to third place among the twelve teams and are 15-3-1.
Off the ice, the team supported their head coach, Tim Walsh, by attending the Bow High School varsity boys game at Tri-Town on Saturday against Pinkerton. Walsh is the head coach for the Bow Falcons.
This past weekend had a lot of highs and lows for the 2011 Elite team. On Saturday the Avalanche ran into a hot goalie playing the Patriots outshooting them 2-1, but struggling to put the puck in the net. With less than 2 minutes left and down 4-2 the 2011 team pulled the goalie to add an extra skater. In an exciting ending the 2011 Elite team scored 2 goals with the extra skater on the ice and less the 2 minutes on the clock to come away with a hard fought 4-4 tie against a tough Patriots team. This is a very tough group that never gives up. On Sunday, the 2011 team hosted a very strong Advantage team and did not have the same results coming away with a tough loss to the first place team in the league right now.
The 2012 Avs Elite team was all business this past weekend. Winning games against the NE Knights and the Boston Jr. Rangers. Neither team could match the offensive threat that the Avs threw at them. On top of that the shortened Avs defense played amazingly. Not only did the D hold the Blue line on both ends of the ice but they also controlled the game by scoring a few goals themselves. Before defenseman Parker Pierce scored an amazing goal for the Avs from the point he was the player only player left without a goal on the season. Now all players have at least one goal with a lot more to come. Last but not least the goaltending was on point with save after save coming to Super Sean between the pipes. A special shout out to Vince Romano for his hat trick against the NE Knights and to Jamo Palizzolo for winning the Grinder belt this week.